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Gun Cleaning #9006217 02/15/24 11:05 PM
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So how often do you clean your guns? I'm OCD and clean my guns even if they sit in the safe to long or just for something to do. Just wondering what others do.

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You talking about just wiping it down or bore cleaned or more than that?


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I think it depends on where you live, if they are kept in high or low humidity and/or if you are dealing with salt air. It also matters with blued, stainless or coated guns. I shoot mostly AR's & Glock's. A little lube is good once in a while but a good cleaning is, at best, an annual thing. But my stuff is stored cool and dry so it's no big deal in any case. Of course they would get cleaned if dropped in the mud or something like that.


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Mine are also stored in conditioned space just wondering.

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I hunt with AR15s and do remarkably little cleaning. I wipe down the BCG every couple of weeks and respray with lube. Every month or so, I will wipe out the chamber and bolt carrier tube and charging handle. I clean my barrels maybe once a year or if I notice my ability to hit where I am aiming deteriorating significantly.

I leave my bore dirty as I don't want there to be any sort of significant difference between my first cold bore shot and my last. First shot to last shot, all dirty bore.


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I frequently clean blowback guns with a silencer on them because of the increased fouling that occurs. Other than those, I rarely clean anything.

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My bolt action hunting rifle , also use for long distance shooting, maybe every 300 rounds . Semi auto pistols, after every use

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I don't usually clean a bore unless accuracy is starting to become an issue. I'll wipe down the other parts of the gun as needed.

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Originally Posted by Master Plumb
I'm OCD and clean my guns even if they sit in the safe to long or just for something to do

I hope I have that kind of time one day! I used to clean after every outing. I now clean after accuracy degrades.

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Sounds like I need to slow down. Thanks up

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AR's anytime I shoot one, Bolt guns often it depends on what I have going on. Shot over 400 rounds out of bolts in 2024 so far so every range day. Guns in the safe get put on a tripod in LR a couple times a year to wipe fown and thin coat oil


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Wipe down once a month or do. Clean bore once a year

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I'm pretty OCD myself, and I can remember a time when I took all of my cleaning supplies out to the range and actually cleaned during shooting sessions! Back then, I rarely put more than 10 rounds down the bore before doing another thorough scrubbing (also helped, obviously, with cooling the barrels down), and mine are just everyday bolt-action hunting rifles!

But, I discovered that a couple of my most accurate rifles absolutely will not shoot with a clean bore (one, a .270 Win, consistently requires at least five fouling rounds before settling down to cloverleaf type accuracy). That, plus current practices passed on from far-more-experienced competitive shooters, has convinced me to back way off.

Now, I pretty much just run an oil-dampened patch down the bores, and I slide a note in between the barrel and barrel channel to remind me of round count, before putting them back in the safe. I don't even think about a thorough cleaning until the number reaches well north of 20-30, unless maybe accuracy takes a turn for the worse. Probably still being too OCD, but it works for me. YMMV.

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I just have a bad habit of cleaning every time I shoot my guns. I spend a huge amount of time doing that time to back off thanks guys.

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Originally Posted by Choctaw
I don't usually clean a bore unless accuracy is starting to become an issue. I'll wipe down the other parts of the gun as needed.

This is what I do as well.

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Originally Posted by ntxtrapper
I frequently clean blowback guns with a silencer on them because of the increased fouling that occurs. Other than those, I rarely clean anything.


This. I'll oil my ARs somewhat frequently, and clean them when they get sticky. I need to get adjustable blocks on them ASAP. Everything else gets cleaned when accuracy goes south.


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After a bunch of use, my AR accuracy got noticeably worse. Cleaned the bore and lubed the moving parts, and accuracy rebounded. No surprise.


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Generally i just wipe them down any time i handle one to prevent rust. One pass with a bore snake after a range session or a hunt. I try to keep my bores dry.

If i buy new to me used, i will lovingly clean the bore proper with copper solvent. If accuracy is diminished, lovingly clean the bore. If i am putting one away for a whole season i will run a wet patch of CLP or whatever gun oil i have. I’ve used ATF too, it’s got a smell though.

Auto might get disassembled and scrubbed with brake cleaner from time to time. Also a shotgun if it looks like a lot of streaks of hairy plastic in the bore, remove barrel and scrub with brake cleaner.

Muzzle loader gets the full nose to tail scrub with Dawn in warm water after every range session.


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" first cold bore shot" Interesting test by 22lr comp shooter. His claim - moisture in barrel makes for cold shot error. He puts a finger cot on muzzle after shooting to cure problem. IMHO, 1/3 of powder energy goes into barrel heating, 1/3 into bullet and 1/3 into recoil. Barrel heating changes bore dia.

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Never clean my hunting weapons until the accuracy begins to wane. Otherwise, I never touch them.


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Originally Posted by Master Plumb
So how often do you clean your guns? I'm OCD and clean my guns even if they sit in the safe to long or just for something to do. Just wondering what others do.


Always a good practice, try to clean mine every 10-15 shots.

Having success using mineral spirits to clean the bore after the solvents.

Try to get it bone dry before lightly coating with rem oil before storing.

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The only thing that gets cleaned after every time it gets shot is muzzle loaders. EDC gets cleaned 2x a year at least regardless of whether it's been shot. Rifles, I'll clean the action when it looks dirty, but barrel won't be cleaned unti 400-600 rounds.

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